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La Biblioteca Aprosiana, Passatempo Autunnale - APROSIO, Angelico - 1673. 
Frontis. containing a scene of a library (outer margin carefully strengthened on verso). L (incl. the frontis.), , 336, 387-733 pp. 12mo, cont. vellum over boards. Bologna: Manolessi, 1673. First edition of the very rare catalogue of the books donated by Aprosio to the library which was to bear his name. "Angelo Aprosio of Ventimiglia was in correspondence with most of the learned men of his day, and they sent him many books to read. Aprosio's catalogue of 1673 is a small duodecimo list of these gifts in alphabetical order of the donors' names. The purpose of such a fantastic method of arrangement was presumably to attract more gifts; but the printed catalogue goes no further than the letter C...This catalogue became celebrated as a picture of the learned world in Aprosio's day, and it was translated into Latin by J.C. Wolf at Hamburg in 1734."ÂPollard & Ehrman, pp. 262-63. Very good copy of an extremely rare book. Brunet, I, 325Â"Ouvrage rare." Grolier Club, Bibliography, 67Â"Although the work ends with the letter C, and remained incomplete, the large number of entries makes it one of the earliest and most comprehensive select bibliographies of Italian literature. It enjoyed great popularity among scholars as a reference work." Peignot, p. 77Â"fort rare." Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 5-6, 105, 110, 144, 181, & 207.
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